Blog Reflection 4 – New Horizons

Blog Reflection 4 – New Horizons

After going through this module I can’t help but feel overwhelmed by how much technology has improved in a few decades. The world has gone from the creation of a coarse internet to artificial intelligence and robotics. All of this progress just shows that technology will not stop evolving and that they will become an integral part of our everyday lives.

Families are already inviting artificial intelligence and virtual assistants into their lives through Alexa, Google, Home, smart homes, and other technology. These new devices can complete tasks faster than older devices thanks to voice commands which allows users to multitask more easily at home. (Stephens, 2018) In some cases of families with children they need to understand that “systems like Alexa aren’t sophisticated enough to understand a child and should never be used to replace human interaction.” (Kelly, 2018) Kelly’s article just reminds me of all the times I see parents using smart devices to distract their children and how the devices are replacing human interaction in the lives of teens and adults.

When looking at the study that stated “72% of people who own voice assistants say the devices are often part of their daily routines” my family would belong to the remaining 28%. (Terdiman, 2018) My family owns an Alexa device, but we don’t regularly use the device. Though these new devices may be useful and popular it doesn’t mean that they should all be incorporated in everyone’s lives and in organizations such as libraries. Libraries should embrace new technology, but they must take into consideration the amount of help the device would provide to librarians and library users.

References

Kelly, S. M. (2018). Growing up with Alexa: A child’s relationship with Amazon’s voice assistant. CNN Business. Retrieved from https://www.cnn.com/2018/10/16/tech/alexa-child-development/index.html

Stephens, M. (2018). Flash briefing office hours. Library Journal. Retrieved from https://www.libraryjournal.com/?detailStory=flash-briefing-office-hours

Terdiman, D. (2018). Here’s how people say Google Home and Alexa impact their lives. Fast Company. Retrieved from https://www.fastcompany.com/90490163/this-app-will-file-an-unemployment-claim-on-your-behalf

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